Immigrant Groups Grateful To Emanuel

Esther J. Cepeda, Chicago Sun-Times, April 20, 2007

Chicago immigrant organizations, hoping local politicians will soon enact immigration law reforms, have collected nickels, dimes and dollars to make a statementa really big one.

Led by Javier Salas, the popular morning host on WRTO radio’s “La Tremenda,” the groups collected money at busy intersections and garnered donations on Spanish-language media and through word of mouth. Over the course of a few months they gathered almost $10,000enough to rent a strategically placed billboard for one monthto send a message to U.S. Rep. Rahm Emanuel.

‘You have the power’

The billboard, located at Kedzie and Wellington near the Kennedy Expy. about 2 miles from Emanuel’s Chicago office, thanks him for supporting comprehensive immigration reforms while making it clear reform is wanted sooner than later.

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Similar billboards, though advocating against mass immigration, have been erected by immigration-control groups in Colorado and other states across the U.S.

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